The Country’s Biggest Meet-Up Now Says No Meat

You may have heard about this already because it’s been all over the news, but I thought I would bring it up anyway.

WeWork, one of the most popular start-up co-working companies, will no longer allow 6,000 employees to expense meat. That means if WeWork employees eat a meal that gets charged back to the company, they will not get reimbursed for meat.

WeWork is one of the most successful startups in recent years. It’s valued at $20 billion, and has approximately 200,000 members, in 200 locations around the world. People who need a place to work, rent office space on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

WeWork also announced it will no longer serve meat at company events. The move is all about showing that WeWork is environmentally responsible. In a letter to employees, co-founder Miguel McKelvey said, “New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact, even more than switching to a hybrid car.

“In just three days, we estimate that we can save more than 10,000 animals. We are energized by this opportunity to leave a better world for future generations and appreciate your partnership as we continue the journey.”

When I first heard about this new mandate, I thought it was crazy. I’m still not sure that I like a company dictating what people eat. The next thing we know, WeWork will not accept folks who wear leather. I like the idea of reducing our carbon footprint, but I question companies dictating lifestyle choices.

Meetup × WeWork

This is what I call a natural.  

WeWork, the real estate company which offers shared co-working offices in 17 countries, with 170 locations, across 58 cities, has purchased Meetup.com, a online social platform that brings people together for common interests like book clubs, tech seminars, and hobby groups. 

WeWork told the press “that 100,000 people have attended Meetups in WeWork locations this year. With the deal, WeWork will get access to Meetup’s 35 million members.”

WeWork, which launched in 2010, is worth an estimated $20 billion according to a Google search. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The reason why I am writing this blog post is because not many people our DigiDame age have engaged with both companies. I have. While I was mostly surrounded by much younger folks, I always took advantage of what they had to offer. 

Our lives would have been much different if we could have easily accessed like-minded people when we were just starting out. The networking facilities and programs provided by WeWork and Meetup nurture careers that lead to important contacts and brand new ideas that you  just can’t get anywhere else. 

I urge you to partake in a WeWork facility or Meetup gathering if you have a new idea for a business, or if you want to help a younger person in your family. It’s like entering a new  world. 

Don’t miss it. You will be amazed and slightly envious of what we missed. 
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